Project Outreach Proposal
What I want to do is have an outreach program that will be centered around the natural sciences which is an under exposed career path for kids, especially those in inner city schools. That exposure only comes from those who find the time to look for it on their own, as well as those that take the opportunity upon themselves to make that happen. It would help if those who did were also relatively young in age to make the communication aspect of it easier—someone that makes it easier to relate to.
I would partner with Sally Leber, coordinator of the Little Big Brother/Sister program to get in contact with those schools. I would have those resources including transportation, media, and funding done through them for the majority part of it. If there are any additional things that aren’t included, I would gain the funding through whatever party would be involved in the action taking place. It is aimed to impact those kids in the local Delaware area schools, as well as a select few in the Columbus area.
Edward Abbey created a book that followed a experience detailed outline that I would base my own experiences off of and use that to relay the message of what many of the careers could lead to. In addition, I would like to draw in others in the science department of the school that would share their own experiences to show other opportunities outside of my own. I also have contacts affiliated with the Forest Service that have expressed interest in possibly being represented at a few of the events. I would have an illustrative presentation detailing my own experiences, showcased through pictures and such.
The process would also involve interactive portions where the kids got a chance to do some of their own studies and would be able to create their own experiences through exploration of places they’d be interested in visiting. We would expose them to various national parks and forests, giving them an opportunity to also learn about those in their local Central Ohio areas. We would also provide them with opportunities to become engaged in local initiatives to get out in nature.
The duration of it would vary between my availability for school, as well as that of the school and it’s students. The goal would be to make it from the 16th of October until the 6th of November, but those dates may change. I would meet once a week with preferably switching school’s to reach an impact on as many of them as I can. I would prefer to make it primarily for those in 2nd and 3rd grades, while still giving opportunities to anyone interested in making it.
- Presentation (all media and interactive planning)
- Mentors (students, faculty, and guests)
- Surveys (mainly for feedback)
- Transportation (buses by OWU and/or program)
- School’s (still finalizing all school’s that will be apart of it)
- How many people will determine if the program will be split to make communication easier.
- Student’s can choose if they’d prefer to hear about one over the other (if it were to be split up.)
- We would like to know what we can improve and if at all was it succesful.
- I’ll use that to gauge what the kid’s enjoyed most and implement it to get better future results.
- That information can also be used to understand what gets the youth most excited about the environmental aspect of science.
Preservation Parks (https://www.preservationparks.com/)
Preservation Parks would be a good way to start in involving them with local green spaces that would be fun to enjoy. It would also give them access to different events that they put on involving the outdoors.
Sneideman, Joshua. 2013. “Engaging Children in STEM Education EARLY!” December. http://naturalstart.org/feature-stories/engaging-children-stem-education-early.
This article relays the importance of getting kid’s involved in the sciences early along with having them do it through being in nature.
NC State University. “Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature.” Natural Learning Initiative . January 2012. Accessed September 26, 2017. https://naturalearning.org/sites/default/files/Benefits%20of%20Connecting%20Children%20with%20Nature_InfoSheet.pdf.
This outlines the benefits in a start to a child’s development when nature is in involved. It gives pointers on how to present certain topics that revolve around nature.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (https://kids.niehs.nih.gov/)
The benefits behind having environmental knowledge and it’s relatedness to health. There are also games and websites the kid’s could play on their own time at home to get them more enthusiastic about nature.
“Importance of STEM Education in Elementary School | College of Education – FSU.” FSU College of Education. August 01, 2016. Accessed September 26, 2017. https://education.fsu.edu/importance-stem-education-elementary-school.
Provides additional statistics behind what happens when kid’s are exposed to STEM early on.
Browning, M.H.E.M., J.L. Marion, and T.G. Gregoire. “Sustainably connecting children with nature – An exploratory study of nature play area visitor impacts and their management.” Landscape and Urban Planning 119 (2013): 104-112. Accessed September26, 2017. doi:10.1016/J.LANDURBPLAN.2013.07.004.
This could give some idea as to why children are not really invested in to play in nature. It provides research on what is impacted when they do and what ages do what.
Sobko, Tanja, Michael Tse, and Matthew Kaplan. “A randomized controlled trial for families with preschool children – promoting healthy eating and active playtime by connecting to nature.” BMC Public Health 16, no. 1 (2016): 1-11. Accessed September26, 2017. doi:10.1186/S12889-016-3111-0.
Randomized study that focuses seeing the benefits of eating and playing in nature in groups of children. Can tell what they lack when not exposed to sufficient time outdoors.
Skouteris, H., et al. “Promoting Obesity Prevention Together with Environmental Sustainability.” Health Promotion International, vol. 29, no. 3, 2014, pp. 454-462.
“In the case of children, this approach is supported with evidence that even from a young age they show emerging understandings of complex environmental issues and are capable of both internalizing positive environmental values and influencing their own environmental outcomes. Given young children’s high levels of environmental awareness, it is easy to see how environmental sustainability messages may help educate and motivate children to make ‘healthier’ choices.”